it will depend on how heavily you use your computer, and for what, if your going to be editing a lot of stuff, wheeling and dealing on the internet, programming, music editing, or any other intensive items then I would upgrade your jaws to the pro edition and run XP Pro, its a bit tougher and less subject to getting fouled up and freezing up. if your just doing a facebook and Emails, and some other light items then downgrade to XP home and don't worry about it. the big advantage to the pro version of jaws is it will work with any version of windows, so later if you advance to a computer with windows 7 on it, you can get any windows 7, including ultimate the top version of the new OS. once the pro jaws is paid for, its yours as long as you stay current. HTH, elf Moderator, Blind Access Help Owner: Alacorn Computer Enterprises Specialists in customized computers and peripherals - own the might and majesty of a Alacorn! www.alacorncomputer.com proprietor, The Grab Bag, for blind computer users and programmers http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Lori Duncan To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011 9:10 AM Subject: Re: Upgrading Jaws and windows xp Hi not on this ocation, I get the same message each time, seems like they want an awful lot of money out of us :( ----- Original Message ----- From: Cy Selfridge To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011 3:34 PM Subject: RE: Upgrading Jaws and windows xp Hi, Were it me I would just go to XP home. Unless you need the few extra things which XP Pro might give you I think it is a horrid waste of money. Also, what happens when you re-start your computer? Occasionally Jaws tells me that it is not authorized but a re-start seems to clear all that nonsense up. Cy From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lori Duncan Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011 9:27 AM To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Upgrading Jaws and windows xp Hi I'm trying to activate Jaws 11 on my home PC, and although it came up activation successful, when I tried to exit I got a message saying something like "Jaws is not authorised to run on windows opperating systems, windows XP or Proffessional, please contact Freedomscientific support for advice". I did and was told I could iether downgrade my system to windows XP Home adition, or else upgrade my JAWs to 12, which would work fine with Windows Profferssional. The problem is it'd cost me about £300.38. Does anyone else use JAWS with Windows XP Proffessional, and if so is it worth the upgrade? I don't know whether to just go for the upgrade and pay the extra money or whether to get a more basic version of XP. I'd be grateful for any advice on this before I make a choice. Many thanks from Lori duncan.